As 2018 draws to a close, we took some time to reflect on the exciting and impactful year that we’ve had. Here are our top ten moments of the year, in no particular order.
Jefferson and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital took the next step in their long-time partnership and combined their organizations! Through this agreement, two of Philadelphia’s nationally ranked hospitals have been able to provide a higher level of care to patients with neurological or orthopedic injuries. In addition, Jefferson and Einstein Health signed their letter of intent and definitive agreement to merge. Through this potential merger, the two organizations will strive to re-imagine the future of health, education, and discovery.
The Eagles won their first-ever Super Bowl, and we participated in first annual Eagles Autism Challenge! Jefferson faculty and staff joined Eagles staff, coaches, players, alumni, and faculty for a 5K and bike race to raise funds for autism research.
For the first time ever, our three Jefferson Health — New Jersey hospitals (in Cherry Hill, Stratford, and Washington Township) received Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Association! TJUH and Abington — Jefferson Health were also recognized with this designation.
Research breakthroughs at Jefferson continued — researchers created a tool to identify and quantify a patient’s feelings of uncertainty during their initial emergency department visit, and a method was revealed that slows cognitive decline in older blacks with memory loss.
The Jefferson Transplant Institute was the only program in Pennsylvania to receive the highest tier ranking—5 out of 5— from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) for one-year liver and kidney patient survival transplant outcomes. It was achieved by just 10% of programs nationwide! In addition, Dr. Warren Maley joined physicians from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to perform the first living donor transplant ever in Jamaica!
TJUH got a facility dog named Newark, aka Newie! He works to ensure that patients in the Comprehensive Acute Rehabilitation Unit are motivated and supported throughout their recovery process.
The Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research (PIER Consortium™) was founded by six regional health systems as a streamlined clinical trial system that spans New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This collaboration brings clinical trial sites to larger numbers of patients, while also bringing new treatments to market faster.
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health, was named 2nd to Modern Healthcare’s 2018 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, and he was also named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. He was named in the “Class of Disruptors” and was cited for “addressing root problems.”
The Asplundh Cancer Pavilion was unveiled by Abington — Jefferson Health and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center to offer a comprehensive continuum of outpatient care, clinical trials, and support services in one modern facility, for patients undergoing treatments who will receive the state-of-the-art care.
TJUH hosted a conference that focused on the long-term development of children who are born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). The First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, was present, and she toured Jefferson’s Maternal Addiction Treatment Education & Research (MATER) program, which focuses on providing mothers with services including mental health and medical care, mindfulness, group and peer support, as well as care coordination and case management. Governor Wolf and Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg also toured the Jefferson MATER program on a separate occasion and spoke on behalf of a new congressional bill to combat the opioid crisis.
BONUS: On April 1st, Jefferson established plans to put the first urgent care center on Mars. (Not really… April Fools!)
Here’s to a healthful and happy 2019!